Power (and candy) to the people

Milford. Voters throughout Pike County form long lines, and wait for hours in the cold, to do their democratic duty on Election Day.

| 04 Nov 2020 | 01:15

The next president will be decided by the people you see on this page, along with their fellow citizens throughout Pennsylvania, plus a handful of other battleground states still counting ballots as this paper goes to press. The U.S. Supreme Court decided late last month that county election officials in Pennsylvania must count mailed-in ballots that arrive up until Friday, Nov. 6, as long as there is no proof they were mailed after the polls closed.

But plenty of local citizens decided to do their democratic duty in person. The polling stations we checked in on — in Milford Borough, Milford Township, Dingman, and Westfall — were busy with voters standing in long lines on the morning of Election Day. Wait time was an hour in Milford and more than two hours in Dingman and Westfall. When asked how long he’d been waiting, one man at the Milford Bible College polling station said, “Four years, 17 hours, and 2 minutes.”

Sidled up close to the entrance at every location was a Democratic tent and a Republican tent, whose partisans handed out campaign literature and encouragement, along with hot coffee, donuts, and candy.

On the ballot, of course, were President Donald Trump (R) and challenger Joe Biden (D), who had the foresight to spend his first 11 years in Scranton, Pa. Also to be decided are the following races: 8th U.S. Congressional District between incumbent Matt Cartwright (D) and challenger Jim Bognet (R); Pennsylvania attorney general between incumbent Josh Shapiro (D) and Heather Heidelbaugh; the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 139th District, between incumbent Mike Peifer (R) and challenger Marian Keegan (D); and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 189th District, between incumbent Rosemary Brown (R) and challenger Adam Rodriguez (D).

There’s also the question put to Milford Borough and Township residents about whether a tax levy should be instituted for ambulance and rescue services. There is strong support for the levy, based on the tally as of Wednesday morning.

Editor’s note: Becca Tucker and the Associated Press contributed to the reporting of this story.